Hotel Le Marais
What We Love
- Perfect French Quarter spot on Conti Street, between Bourbon Street’s debauchery and Royal Street’s antique shops
- Free: WiFi, a welcome drink at Vive! bar and a simple continental breakfast
- Shady brick courtyard with a small saltwater pool
What To Know
- Despite its proximity to one of the biggest parties on the planet, this is no party hotel
- The hotel bar is small and best for a happy hour sip by the pool
- No room service or restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A resemblance to Starwood’s boutique single-letter brand is undeniable, down to the violet hues, oversize armchairs and glossy finishes in the diminutive lobby and bar; the huge black-and-white photos by Bonita Waesche of the Louisiana bayou provide just enough sense of place. Outside, a leafy brick courtyard mixes Big Easy charm — foliage and gas lamps, with wrought iron and plantation shutters above — with mod patio furniture around a small pool and mood lighting after dark.
Bed and Bath
Most of Le Marais’s 66 guestrooms wrap around the courtyard, though some look out over Conti Street, and are a serene oasis from the madness outside. The palette of violet, rose and black in the lobby carries over into the sparkling guestrooms, where it’s limited to striped carpeting and accent pillows. Dark wood furniture adds a touch of elegance, and an iPod/iPhone dock, a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a large desk with an ergonomic chair and speedy WiFi keep you connected to the modern world. Behind a sliding door the black tile bathroom features a walk-in shower, mounted magnifying mirror and waffle robes.
So much of your time in the Big Easy is spent drinking, often at a bar or around a dinner table, but sometimes wandering down the street. Le Marais’s bar, Vive!, hosts a lovely happy hour where you can sip a Sazerac by the pool — or in the pool, if you wish.
In the Area
New Orleans is the home of the cocktail, and every sip comes with a story. Start your boozy odyssey off with the classics and see where they take you. Napoleon House was once offered up as a refuge to the exiled Petit Caporal and today is known for its Pimm’s Cup, an Anglophile fave mixing a splash of lemonade and soda with Pimm’s No. 1. Then get dizzy on Vieux Carrés (rye, cognac, sweet vermouth, benedictine and bitters) at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar & Lounge, a former haunt of Tennessee Williams, among other writers. A new breed of New York City mixologist migrated south after Hurricane Katrina to stake its claim as the city reinvents itself. SoBou pairs mixological magic by Brooklyn ex-pat RyeGirl (née Abigail Deirdre Gullo, formerly of Red Hook’s Fort Defiance) and food by the culinary team behind NOLA’s legendary Commander’s Palace. Sidle up to the bar and start with her Taylor Bird Sazerac (a Pernod absinthe rinse with cognac, Sazerac rye, bitters and a twist).
How to Get There
Very close to Bourban St but quiet even in its courtyard. The front desk employees are all pleasant. Average breakfast although it’s free so we were ok w/ it. My only complaint is the street smelled like garbage everyday we were there. You can see that they are washing it but it still smelled. Otherwise we enjoyed our stay there. The bed was comfortable and the room size was ample. Bathroom was nice and clean.
Enjoyed our stay, from checking in, Hotel staff, breakfast, housekeeping, cocktails to checking out. I highly recommend Hotel le MARIS. The Hotel staff were professional, courteous and proficient . Walking distance to all.
We took a family vacation to New Orleans and wanted to be in walking distance to much of the city so decide to stay in the French Quarter. Hotel La Marai was perfect. The staff was very friend and the rooms were clean. They provided free hot breakfast that included French toast, eggs, sausage, pastries, yogurt, fruit, coffee,etc. They even had mimosas! They gave us two drinks when we checked in. I highly recommend this hotel. The only issue is that we are family of 5 and the max in a room is 5, so we needed to rent two rooms. They were good at putting them near each other.
The Hotel Marais made a great location to stay for our first trip to NOLA. The location was excellent and the configuration of the hotel allowed us to have a balcony room facing the courtyard, so we had no issues with outside noise and a wonderful rooftop view of the French Quarter. Great beds, nicely configured room (we had a 4th floor king with balcony) and the front desk staff was simply 100% terrific - gave us great info, maps and guidance about where to go, eat, and get around. Top notch. Also a great house breakfast and super housekeeping
My husband and I went down to New Orleans for the weekend. We had visited a few years ago, and stood in an Airbnb. It was a bit too far, and a hassle to travel back and forth after a good night. This time we decided to stay in the French quarter. I am so happy we decided to do so! We stood at Hotel Le. Marais, it was perfect for our needs. Less than a block away from bourbon street, central to every thing you want and need. The hotel was nice and quaint! Staff was really friendly, and David was so helpful, he also made for some good laughs. When I come again, I’ll def be staying at le Marais!